The annual announcement of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court is filled with hope, anticipation, and the screams of classmates as they cheer on the girls from their high schools. On Monday, Oct. 7, those dreams came true for seven girls from six different schools.
Queen and Court Committee chair Alex Young strode down the steps of the Tournament House south porch and opened the ceremony by thanking the members of the committee, who had interviewed nearly 1,000 young women and narrowed it down to 30 finalists and now, seven Rose Princesses.
Members of the Queen and Court Committee escorted each lady down the steps as her name was called to the strains of the Pasadena City College Lancer Band. Then came the moment for Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins to ask, “The envelope, please” and announce to the assembled local and national media, Tournament members, parents, and schoolmates the names of the seven members of the 2014 Royal Court.
The slideshow attached to this article captures some of those moments. For profiles and photos of each princess, click on the links in their names.
The princesses for the 2014 Royal Court are (left to right in the photo)
- Rose Princess Jamie Ann Kwong, 17, La Salle High School
- Rose Princess Sarah Elizabeth Hansen, 19, Pasadena City College
- Rose Princess Ana Marie Acosta, 17, Polytechnic High School
- Rose Princess Katherine Diane Lipp, 17, La Cañada High School
- Rose Princess Elyssia Hadi Widjaja, 17, San Marino High School
- Rose Princess Elizabeth Katie Woolf, 17, La Cañada High School
- Rose Princess Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry, 17, Pasadena High School
The seven will reign over the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game and make more than 100 appearances during their tenure. The next major event in the lives of these young ladies is the announcement and coronation of the Rose Queen, which will be announced on Oct. 24, 2013 and reported in this column.
The theme of the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 is “Dreams Come True” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter. Like All Things Rose Parade on Facebook or subscribe to Tournament of Roses Examiner by clicking the "Subscribe" link for the latest news and for upcoming announcements. If you have a question or would like a reply to your comment, please post on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org